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(PS-1373) Baseline CPM Schedules - Communicating the Plan

Primary Author: Mr David M. Keffer PE PSP
Co-author(s): Mr Praduman Maraj PE

Audience Focus: Intermediate
Application Type: Application
Venue: 2013 AACE International Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, USA

Abstract: Baseline CPM schedules are powerful communication tools when defining the project requirements of both owner and contractor. Expectations of weather, resources, third parties, and other elements can be objectively documented with the baseline schedule. This session examines how a proper baseline CPM schedule can strengthen project communication and avoid disputes.
This session emphasizes the importance of using the baseline CPM schedule to establish sound project communication between the owner and contractor. We will discuss ways to overcome schedule specification pitfalls or omissions that impede baseline schedule development. We will examine the risks of failing to enforce the schedule specification and identify what knowledge an owner needs to confidently establish a baseline CPM schedule. The session will also explore methods to successfully address issues when reviewing a baseline schedule submitted using the Oracle P6™ Software, outside influences such as weather expectations and third parties. We will also offer methodologies on effective ways to improve the schedule specification and communicating the plan with the contractor.